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Name  Toby Olson

Role  Novelist
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Education  Long Island University (1967), Occidental College
Awards  PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Books  The blond box, Seaview, Write letter to Billy, The Bitter Half, We are the fire

Toby Olson (born 1937 Chicago) is an American novelist.


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Through high school and his four years in the Navy as a surgical technician, he lived in California, Arizona, and Texas.

He graduated from Occidental College and Long Island University.

He co-founded and taught at the Aspen Writers' Workshop, and at Long Island University and The New School For Social Research, and since 1975 Temple University.

Recently, he has collaborated with composer Paul Epstein, including chamber music, songs, a short story set for voice and piano, and two chamber operas, Dorit, and Chihuahua. Both operas were performed by the Temple University Opera Theater.

He lives in Philadelphia and North Truro, on Cape Cod.


  • 1983 PEN/Faulkner Award, for Seaview
  • 1985 Guggenheim Fellowships
  • Rockefeller Foundations
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Novels

  • Changing Appearance. Membrane. 1975. ISBN 0-87924-021-0. 
  • The Life of Jesus. New Directions. 1976. ISBN 0-8112-0614-9. 
  • Aesthetics. Membrane. 1978. ISBN 0-87924-049-0. 
  • Seaview. New Directions. 1982. ISBN 0-8112-0828-1. 
  • The Woman Who Escaped From Shame. Random House. 1986. ISBN 978-0-394-54715-2. 
  • Utah
  • Dorit in Lesbos. Linden Press/Simon & Schuster. 1990. ISBN 978-0-671-68486-0. 
  • At Sea. Simon & Schuster. 1993. ISBN 978-0-671-73641-5. 
  • Write Letter to Billy. Coffee House Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1-56689-103-5. 
  • The Blond Box. FC2. 2004. ISBN 978-1-57366-110-2. 
  • The Bitter Half.
  • Tampico. ISBN 978-0-292-71827-2
  • Poetry

  • We are the fire: a selection of poems. New Directions Publishing. 1984. ISBN 978-0-8112-0914-4. 
  • Unfinished Building. Coffee House Press. 1993. ISBN 978-1-56689-009-0. 
  • Human Nature. New Directions. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8112-1440-7. 
  • References

    Toby Olson Wikipedia